New York City Mayor Eric Adams has taken issue with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s comments regarding the death of Jordan Neely, which occurred during an altercation on a city subway train. Mayor Adams, a moderate-leaning Democrat, expressed his disapproval of Ocasio-Cortez’s hasty judgment during a Wednesday appearance on CNN.
CNN’s Abby Philip questioned Adams about the heated rhetoric from both New York City Comptroller Brad Lander and Ocasio-Cortez. In response, Adams emphasized the importance of allowing the District Attorney and law enforcement officials to conduct their investigation without interference. He stressed that it was not responsible to jump to conclusions before the investigation was complete.
Ocasio-Cortez also seemed to blame Adams’ city administration for Neely’s death, suggesting that cuts in city services contributed to Neely’s mental health crisis. Eyewitnesses reported that Neely, who was homeless and had mental health issues, threatened other passengers on the city’s F subway train. A Marine Corps veteran and other passengers restrained Neely, with one person applying a headlock.
The individual initially taken into custody following Neely’s death has since been released, according to the New York Post. Neely’s death has sparked progressive protests in New York City, with demonstrators calling for criminal charges against those who restrained him. Neely had a criminal record, which included over 40 arrests, some for crimes committed on city subways.
This incident highlights the importance of responsible discourse and due process when addressing complex situations. Rather than rushing to judgment, public officials should allow investigations to unfold and focus on addressing underlying issues such as mental health and homelessness.